The guidelines are now available in a revised version. They aim at German bicycle retailers and workshops and serve as recommendation for e-bikes components (models up to 25 km/h or 15 mph) that can be modified at their’s own discretion and other components for which they need the manufacturer’s approval.
The recommendation has meanwhile become a major contribution to product safety. This is a point which was confirmed by the positive feedback after the first publication. Nevertheless, there were still suggestions and ideas for improvement of all interested parties. These were now taken into account and adopted in a new version.
The division into four categories is to simplify the replacement of the parts. Category one includes the components which must only be replaced upon approval of the vehicle manufacturer/system provider. Direct e-bike components, such as motors and sensors are listed in this category. Category two comprises parts, such as frames and forks which require approval of the vehicle manufacturer. The third category lists parts which require the approval of the vehicle or component manufacturer. Examples for this category are crank arms and tyres. Group four includes those products which do not require any special approval. (ds)